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Speaking Freely

Floyd Abrams

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ISBN 10: 0670033758 / ISBN 13: 9780670033751
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NY: [2005]. First edition. First printing. Hardbound. New in dust jacket, very fine/very fine in all respects. A pristine unread copy. SIGNED BY AUTHOR on title page. 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # PPApril23

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Title: Speaking Freely

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: F....

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From the Patriot Act to Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl show, recent events have embroiled America’s First Amendment rights in ongoing battles to maintain this country’s freedom of expression. And with the media taking an ever-more prominent role in the lifestyles of all citizens, the First Amendment continues to be one of the most hotly and dramatically contested issues in the public eye.

Now, with Speaking Freely, Floyd Abrams, the attorney on the front lines of America’s fight for uncensored expression for more than thirty years, re-creates eight of the most important cases of his career—landmark trials and Supreme Court arguments in cases involving key First Amendment protections, including the famous Pentagon Papers case. With adversaries as diverse as Richard Nixon, Wayne Newton, and Rudy Giuliani, and allies as unlikely as Kenneth Starr and Senator Mitch McConnell, Abrams takes readers behind the scenes to examine his strategies, the ramifications of each of the decisions, and the long-term significance of each case, while presenting a clear and compelling look at the law in action.

In the tradition of bestselling authors on legal issues such as F. Lee Bailey, Louis Nizer, and Alan Dershowitz, Floyd Abrams conveys the dramatic immediacy of the trials and appeals in which First Amendment law has been created—and addresses the continuing importance of upholding America’s constitutional right to free speech.

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"In Speaking Freely, Floyd Abrams writes with clarity, drama, and passion about a subject he knows as well as anyone alive. He hits hard, like the heavyweight he is-a brilliant champion of the First Amendment."
--Dan Rather, CBS News

"For almost four decades, Floyd Abrams has enjoyed the most enviable career in the practice of law. He has been an ardent defender of the First Amendment in a succession of transformative constitutional cases. In Speaking Freely, Abrams offers us a privileged peek into the inner workings of constitutional law. In a clear, direct, and open style, he provides citizens with a rare opportunity to understand how our most fundamental rights and liberties are questioned, defended and defined. From the Pentagon Papers to campaign finance reform, Abrams traces the evolution of the First Amendment and introduces us to the editors, the lawyers, the senators, and the justices who have threatened and preserved the cherished American right of Speaking Freely."
--Geoffrey R. Stone, author of Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime

"No one has been more vital in protecting the First Amendment - the core of our Constitutional democracy - than Floyd Abrams. Speaking Freely vividly recounts not only some of his victories, but also ours."
--Nat Hentoff, author of Living the Bill of Rights and The War on the Bill of Rights and the Gathering Resistance

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